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LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN


Many interpret this parable of Jesus to teach that persons have an immortal soul that go to heaven or hell
immediately at the time of their death. After all they say it is Jesus that is speaking and he cannot lie so it is exactly
as he says it is.
To follow this line of interpretation to fit every verse of scripture will only lead to confusion and chaos. Often times
Christ speaks to elevate our intellect from the mere outward and physical to the eternal and spiritual. Let us take a
few examples; in the book of John 6: 51 to 56 we read: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any
man eat this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I shall give is my flesh………..
Then Jesus said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his
blood, ye have no life in you whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life.” Wow, can you
imagine what this would mean if we interpret these words of Christ literally? It would mean that no one will have
eternal life , at least not in our time, and no one after Christ’s ascension, and maybe no one ever, for can you imagine
Christians eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ. This is only one passage of scripture, can you imagine
what will happen when you look the book of Revelation and you read about beast and dragons, and unclean spirits
like frogs and things like these ?
Yes my friends not all of scripture is to be interpreted literally, as Christ said in John 6: 63, “It is the spirit that
quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE
LIFE “.
There it is, we must seek to understand the spiritual lessons that Christ teaches in his parables and his teachings.

Now we can seek to understand the lessons that Christ wants us to learn from Lazarus and the rich man. Let us
first read through the passage of scripture, again Luke 16: 19 to 31; it reads….
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his
sores.And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man
died also and was buried;And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and
Lazarus in his bosom.And he crieth and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip
the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receiveth thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil
things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf
fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from
thence.
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
For I have five brethren, that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment .
Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
And he said unto him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from
the dead.”

There it is, on a brief overview if we follow on the surface we will conclude that Christ is saying that ALL
RICH PERSONS ARE GOING TO HELL, not a nice thought, right?. And that all beggars (poor persons) are going
to “heaven”. Oh, but not so fast, a closer look at the passage reveals that the word “HEAVEN IS NEVER USED”,
but the term “Abraham’s bosom”. Notice at no time was the rich man praying to Christ or Yhwh, but to “Father

Abraham”
The rich man was placing his salvation upon his linage which could be traced to that of Abraham, his wealth, and not
upon conversion. He did not pray to God, but to Abraham, thus he showed that he placed Abraham above God.
Again heaven is described in the book of Revelation 21:4 as a place of no sorrow, nor pain, nor crying, for the
former things are passed away. Now if the rich man can see Lazarus and request that he dips his finger in water and
place it on his tongue, then Heaven and Hell will exist side by side should we interpret this passage literally. How
then can one be happy in Heaven and at the same time see persons (maybe our friends, son, daughter or even parents)
being tormented in Hell fires?. These scenes would only serve to torment you and then Heaven will not be a place of
joy and rejoicing.

Now that we have seen that we can not interpret this parable as a literal event, what then is                                                                Christ teaching us?
(1) Christ shows that in this life men decide their eternal destiny. During this time of probation the grace of God is
offered to every individual. No more probation will be granted to anyone. There will be no thousand years of peace
when all who are not saved will be given another opportunity. This is a doctrine of Satan as seen in the book of 1
Timothy 4:1, which reads; Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the
faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.
Yes my friends, Satan and his legions of evil angels will try to twist the plain word of God to cause doubt
and deception upon the doctrines that are given for our salvation. Let us not listen to his voice but let us spend our
time studying the word of God comparing scripture with scripture that we may have a strong foundation built upon
the word of God.

(2) The Bible already teaches the dead know not anything. Ecc. 9:5&6. Also if you think, well the body dies but the
soul lives on, again the bible teaches in Eze. 18 : 4 & 20, ” The soul that sins shall surely die”!.
You can study more on this doctrine in our studies; WHAT BECOMES OF THE SOUL AFTER DEATH ? and
RESURRECTION THE REWARD OF THE DEAD.
(3) The parable draws a contrast between the rich who have not made God their dependence, and the poor who have
made God their dependence. Not that rich persons cannot be saved, but we are to be careful that we do not become
lax in spiritual walk as it is so easy to be comforted by riches in this life. Here are the exhortation that are given; Ps
49 : 16 & 17 ” Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
Ecc. 5 : 12. “The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat a little or much: but the abundance of the rich
will not suffer him to sleep.” We are cautioned, do not allow any worldly riches to take away our attention from
God.

(4) We must guard our characters from forming habits of selfishness that we may not lose sympathy of the needs of
our fellow men. At the time this parable was spoken, there were then no hospitals in which the sick might be cared
for. The suffering and needy were brought to the notice of those to whom the Lord had entrusted wealth,that they
might receive help and sympathy. Thus it was with beggar and the rich man. Lazarus was in great need of help; for
he was without friends, home, money, or food. Yet he was allowed to remain in this condition day after day, while
the wealthy noble man had every want supplied.The one who was abundantly able to relieve the sufferings of his
fellow creature, lived to himself, as many live today.
There are today close beside us many who are hungry,
naked, and homeless. A neglect to impart of our means to these needy, suffering ones places upon us a burden of
guilt which we shall one day fear to meet. All covetousness is condemned as idolatry. All selfish indulgence is an
offense in God’s sight.

(5) The conversation between Abraham and the once-rich man is figurative. The lesson to be gathered from it is
that every man is given sufficient light for the discharge of the duties required of him. Man’s responsibilities are
proportionate to his opportunities and privileges. God gives to every one sufficient light and grace to do the work
He has given him to do. If man fails to do that which a little light shows to be his duty, greater light would only
reveal unfaithfulness, neglect to improve the blessings given. “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also
in much; and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10. Those who refuse to be enlightened
by Moses and the prophets and ask for some wonderful miracle to be performed would not be convinced if their
wish were granted.
May God continue to bless our hearts with His truths as we daily study His word and give
ourselves to His care and guidance amen.
Brother Farouk Karim.

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